Shippers demand innovation from their favourite 3PLs, but will they pay for it?

By Gavin van Marle

Freight service providers are trapped in a classic Catch-22 situation with their major clients, who expect more innovation from their logistics suppliers but frequently fail to pay for it. That was the major conclusion from a recent “voice of the customer” survey, conducted by supply chain community SCM World, of hundreds of multinationals’ transport and supply chain managers on their use of third-party logistics providers.

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CSL orders more Trillium Class vessels – Environmentally friendly self-unloaders to sail Great Lakes-St. Lawrence waterway


Canada Steamship Lines (CSL) has exercised its option for the building of two new self-unloading vessels, bringing to four the number of ships on order in its major fleet-renewal program. Continue reading

Algoma Central Equinox Class vessels will raise bar on energy efficiency – Ships designed to significantly reduce carrier’s environmental footprint


Algoma Central Corporation is on a vessel-buying spree. In December, the St. Catharines, Ont.-based shipowner announced it would purchase four new St. Lawrence Seaway-sized dry bulk lake freighters – a gearless bulk carrier and three self-unloading bulk freighters. Continue reading

Progress made on testing of containers for formaldehyde … but work still to be done


Three years ago, James Moram’s telephone rang off the hook. Without prior notice, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) had introduced formaldehyde testing of randomly selected marine containers at five major centres that handle boxes – 2 to 3 per cent of all containers entering Canada. Continue reading

MARINE INDUSTRY – Attracting students, recruiting personnel among sector’s main challenges


A worldwide shortage of mariners will occur over the next seven years, the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) says. Some 10,000 officers, representing 2 per cent of the global maritime workforce, will be needed. This trend could affect the ability to recruit, the CCG reported in its 2008/2011 Strategic Human Resources Plan. Continue reading

SUPPLY CHAIN AND LOGISTICS – Companies recognize need to provide employees with learning opportunities


During a recession, enrolment at educational institutions tends to increase as professionals hone their skills waiting out the downturn. A drop in registration generally signals a rebound in the economy as jobs, once left vacant, now get filled. For institutions offering supply chain and transportation logistics courses, this tenet is not holding weight. Continue reading

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